NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/15

Jan 15th 2023

Connor Learn

Each day, this column will provide live updates for all NBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute alerts for injuries and lineup confirmations. The Key News to Watch section will highlight notable injuries to monitor for the current NBA slate.

Key NBA News to Watch

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • James Harden (heel) — In

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (hand) — In

  • Christian Wood (ankle) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (ankle) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Out

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (illness) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (knee) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Jalen Green (suspension) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — In

  • Kevin Huerter (conditioning) — Available

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) — Out

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New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

The Knicks have a 12-2 record against teams with bottom-ten point differentials, including a 3-0 record against Detroit. The Pistons have a 2-17 record against teams with top ten point differentials, and the Knicks have registered the eighth-best point differential (+2.5) this season.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Livers, Isaiah Stewart

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) — In

  • Cory Joseph (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Marvin Bagley (hand) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

The Pistons allowed the sixth-most points in the paint per game (53.4) when Stewart was their lone starting big man during their first 14 games of the season, including two road losses to the Knicks by an average of 16.5 points. The 59.0 points in the paint that New York averaged during those two matches would be tied with Memphis for the most in the league over the entire season.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Daishen Nix, Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

  • Jalen Green (suspension) — Out

  • Jae'Sean Tate (suspension) — Out

  • TyTy Washington (G League) — Available

With Porter Jr. sidelined for most of the last two games, Green (+5.5%) and Smith Jr. (+2.7%) have logged positive usage differentials, while Sengun (+24.7%) has recorded a significant assist rate differential.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Amir Coffey, Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (hamstring) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (knee) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Out

  • Moses Brown (G League) — Available

  • Brandon Boston (G League) — Available

  • Moussa Diabate (illness) — Out

  • John Wall (abdominal) — Injured

Coffey and Robert Covington likely absorb most of Morris' minutes, and their usage rates are at least 3.5% lower than Morris' 19.1% clip. Additionally, Reggie Jackson likely assumes a less-involved role than Wall has played off the bench. As a result, Leonard and Norman Powell should generate an even more significant amount of the Clippers' offense.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (G League) — Available

  • Jonathan Kuminga (foot) — Injured

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Injured

  • JaMychal Green (leg) — Injured

Opponents have scored the most points off turnovers per game (21.4) against the Warriors during their last 15 games. Conversely, the Bulls have scored the fourth-fewest points off turnovers per game (14.1) during their previous 15 matches.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Demar DeRozan (quad) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (hand) — In

  • Tony Bradley (conditioning) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Alex Caruso, Coby White, and Derrick Jones Jr. should continue to play additional minutes if DeRozan remains out. LaVine (+6.8%), Caruso (+4.4%), and White (+4.0%) have logged positive usage differentials during DeRozan's absence.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Eugene Omoruyi (back) — Out

  • Isaiah Joe (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Ousmane Dieng (wrist) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

The Thunder have logged the fifth-best defensive rating (109.7) in the league during their last five games, largely due to their opponents shooting the third-lowest three-point percentage (31.4%). The Nets have shot the second-highest three-point percentage (39.2%) this season and could be increasingly reliant on three-point shooting in the absence of Kevin Durant (knee).

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Edmond Sumner, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Out

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

TJ Warren's role expanded most during the first game of Durant's absence: he scored 20 points on nine-for-18 shooting in 28.1 minutes. Simmons logged 13 assists and Irving six assists as both of their facilitating roles were elevated sans Durant.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Kevin Huerter (conditioning) — Available

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Doug McDermott (back) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

The Spurs have scored the second-most points in the paint per game (58.7) in the league during their previous 15 games. The Kings have allowed the most points in the paint per game (58.7) during their last 15 games.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Gary Harris (finger) — In

  • Jonathan Isaac (G League) — Out

  • RJ Hampton (not with team) — Out

  • Kevon Harris (G League) — Out

  • Chuma Okeke (knee) — Injured

Jalen Suggs could start if Harris is sidelined, though Suggs has seemingly remained on a minute restriction lately. As a result, coach Mosley likely utilizes larger lineups if Harris is ruled out.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jamal Murray (ankle) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (leg) — Out

  • Peyton Watson (adductor) — Injured

  • Jeff Green (hand, finger) — Injured

Gordon's offensive role has diminished as he has logged 18.6% usage and a 10.5% assist rate in the last five games. However, he has fared well against his former team, averaging 17.0 points on just 17.1% usage in three career games against Orlando.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Frank Ntilikina, Reggie Bullock, Christian Wood, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (ankle) — Out

  • Christian Wood (ankle) — Available

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) — Out

  • Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) — Injured

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Doncic, Dinwiddie, and Jaden Hardy would be tasked with generating most of the offense if Wood and Hardaway Jr. are sidelined. Six of the ten players who would likely comprise the rotation in that event have recorded usage rates of 16.1% or less.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Gary Payton II (hip, adductor) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Available

Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 36 points on 36.8% usage in just 29.3 minutes in Portland's comfortable 136-119 home win over the Mavs on Saturday. He has posted an increased 35.4% usage rate and 59.4 eFG% as he has scored 30 points or more in each of his last four games.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • James Harden (heel) — In

  • Tobias Harris (knee) — In

De'Anthony Melton and Shake Milton absorbed most of Harris' minutes in a nine-man rotation Saturday. Milton shot seven-for-12 from the field in 28.8 minutes when an additional peripheral offensive option was needed.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Troy Brown Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson, LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — Available

  • Patrick Beverley (illness) — Out

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Injured

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

James has shouldered more of the offense as he has logged 35.1% usage and the Lakers have gone 5-2 in his last seven games. However, he was limited to 23 points on nine-for-22 shooting in 44 minutes in his first game against the 76ers this season.